Three Brotherhood honorees add much to area’s portfolio

Community award dinners tell so much about the place in which we live.

What does the best we have in our area tell us about our home?

Well, those honored by the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance dinner last tell us we are an achieving, resourceful, compassionate lot.

The honorees were local businesswoman Betsy Rider, area businessman/real estate developer Dan Klingerman, and golfer/businessman W.J. Choate.

Rider, known best as the owner of Otto’s Bookstore, is also the mother of 10 children. Besides that, she is acknowledged as the unofficial guidepost for all of the downtown Williamsport merchants.

Klingerman is president and CEO of Liberty Group, which manages more than 60 organizations and is among the largest real estate developers in the region.

Choate, winner of the Ray Keyes Sports Award that is named for the late sports editor of the Sun-Gazette, made his notoriety as the most decorated local golfer and has since gone on to a successful business career.

All those achievements are special, but we were most struck by the common themes of their acceptance speeches.

All three honorees care deeply about the community around them and have tried to give as much back as possible in the way of civic giving and participation. That’s brotherhood.

The trio of honorees add so much to the area’s portfolio by carrying themselves with class, compassion and genuine belief in the place where they live.

The Brotherhood Alliance chose wisely with this year’s honorees.